Elizabeth J. White

[ Age 96 ] Teacher, lover of English language

January 07, 2008|By Mary Gail Hare

Elizabeth Julian White, a retired high school teacher, died of age-related illness Dec. 30 at her home in Baltimore. She was 96.

Born in Montgomery, Ala., Mrs. White moved, when a young child, with her parents and five siblings to Greencastle, Ind. She graduated from DePauw University - as did all her siblings - where she studied modern languages and was a member of the swim team. She later earned master's degrees in Romance languages from Indiana University and English from New York University.

In New York, she met John W. White, a legislative advocate for the postal union. The couple married in 1944 and moved soon after to Baltimore. Mr. White died in 1993.

Mrs. White taught English, French and Spanish for one year in the mid-1940s at what was then Morgan State College. She then taught English at Frederick Douglass High School from 1945 to 1972.

"My mother loved the beauty of the English language and enjoyed reciting favorite lines from poems, novels and Shakespearean soliloquies," said her daughter, Bettye Jean M. Stuckey of Baltimore, who followed her mother into a teaching career.

From an early age, Mrs. White exhibited a talent for music, studying violin and piano. She shared her music at family gatherings, often singing and playing her own arrangements.

A memorial service is set for 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the March Funeral Home, 4300 Wabash Ave.

In addition to her daughter, several nieces and nephews survive her.

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